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Fit For Thought

Alexandra Newton

Fit For Thought is a bi-weekly podcast where fitness, technology and entrepreneurship intersect. From wearable devices that are redefining the limits of the human body, to risk-taking entrepreneurs making an impact on the industry, to practical advice on how to optimize your athletic performance, each episode is packed with insights, tools and inspiration.

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May 1, 2018 Alexandra Newton
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Lauren Roberts has been running for as long as she can remember. As a young child, she was born with internally rotated thigh bones, and specialists doubted that she would ever be able to run. Never one to be deterred, Lauren did her first 5 km race at the age of 13, and even though she wasn’t the fastest, she continued to incorporate running into her childhood and teenage years. After completing her degree in Kinesiology and Psychology at McMaster University, she went on to complete her...
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Mar 19, 2018 Alexandra Newton
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I recently co-hosted a professional development and networking event where Toronto-based lawyer, athlete and entrepreneur, Darielle Teitelbaum, was the keynote speaker. Over the years, Darielle has combined her passions for fitness, creativity and advocacy to create AWE Legal - a boutique law firm that helps people develop their business goals and protects athletes and entrepreneurs by using the law effectively. I was inspired by Darielle’s wealth of knowledge, her ability to simplify complex...
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Feb 5, 2018 Alexandra Newton
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In High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, Brendon Burchard identifies six habits that high performers deliberately and consistently practice in order to reach long-term and sustainable success and well-being. Anyone can practice these habits, but to become a high performer one must: (1) seek clarity; (2) generate energy; (3) raise performance necessity; (4) increase productivity; (5) develop influence; and (6) demonstrate courage. But how can we put these habits into...
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Jan 22, 2018 Alexandra Newton
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“Ten years ago, Fitbit pioneered the wearables category with the introduction of its first health and fitness tracker. Since then, we have become the leading global wearables brand, setting the pace of innovation in the category and establishing the largest social fitness network that helps millions of people around the world be healthier,” says James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. Earlier this fall, Fitbit turned a significant corner when it released its first and long-rumoured...
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Jan 8, 2018 Alexandra Newton
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If you’re on Instagram and follow what’s going on in the Toronto fitness community, then you’ve likely come across personal trainer, certified holistic nutritionist and founder of All Day Fit, Cassie Day. Cassie passion for fitness and presence on social media is empowering. Since starting All Day Fit in 2016, Cassie has garnered considerable recognition in the fitness entrepreneurship space. In this wide-ranging episode, we cover a lot of ground, including: What motivates and inspires...
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Dec 11, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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One year ago today I released the very first episode of the podcast. It featured fascial stretch therapist and my good friend, Sarah Marino. I remember the rush of excitement and nervousness I felt when TJ hit record. 365 days, 30 episodes, 20 guests, 3 photo shoots and 2 seasons later, I still get the same feeling when I’m behind the mic, because no matter how much you prepare, podcasts can have a mind of their own. As Jonah Weiner so eloquently writes in “The Voices: Toward a Critical...
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Nov 27, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Calling all moms, moms-to-be, fitness professionals and anyone who’s interested in pelvic floor and abdominal health - this one's for you! Samantha Montpetit-Huynh is a mother of two, certified pre and postnatal exercise specialist with over 15 years of experience and the co-founder of Bellies Inc. an innovative system designed to empower woman and change the way they prepare for and recover from pregnancy and birth. She's also also a sought after media professional who's been featured on...
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A listener of the show recently messaged me and asked what are the best supplements to take while training. First, I want to say thanks for reaching out and asking what I think is an important question. In their simplest form supplements are single compounds which have been demonstrated to yield some type of benefit if taken. They play a vital role in supporting and enhancing your health and athletic performance. However, I’m going to take a lesson out of Tom Purvis’ playbook and ask for...
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Oct 30, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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We've covered a wide range of topics on the the podcast from fascial stretch therapy to body building. I often wonder how and whether these therapeutic and training modalities can be integrated to ensure that we're functioning optimally. Enter Brad Cote. Brad has been in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years working in clinical, commercial and private facilities with a variety of patients. What sets Brad apart is his integrated and individualized approach to therapy and training....
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Where do you get inspiration from? A great film, a compelling novel, how about influencers in your network? I'm inspired by the people around me who I identify as passionate, creative, intelligent and driven. I can't help but feel inspired by them! Another persons success or happiness shouldn't counteract your own. It's an opportunity to learn and to grow. To quote Anne Friedman, "surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you...
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Sep 25, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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On a previous episode of the podcast, Steve Parkhill and I briefly touched upon nutrition in relation to different styles of training. Unfortunately, Steve and I didn't have a chance to delve deep into this topic, and since then I've wanted to interview someone about nutrition and training, but I wanted that person to have a holistic approach to nutrition. I strongly believe that what we consume, how we feel and what we think play a role in health and wellbeing. Enter Sylvie Tetrault - a...
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We're taking mind-muscle connection to a whole new level with Steve Parkhill. Steve is a Toronto-based trainer and fitness entrepreneur with a unique approach to training. Influenced by elite trainers like Ben Pakulski, Tom Purvis and Charles Poloquin, Steve incorporates bodybuilding principles into strength training. His approach is to create an internal intent and focus, rather than only working the external movement patterns. Engaging and activating the muscle before weight is moved is...
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Aug 28, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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I'm on the hunt for a new cross trainer, but with some many options out there, picking the right shoe can be challenging. I found out through social media that Lululemon was partnering with a unique sportswear company called Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) to offer their athletic shoes in-store. APL's claim to fame was in 2010 when their shoes were banned from the NBA for giving players an unfair advantage. Since then, their footwear has become synonymous with technology, performance and...
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On the last episode of the podcast, I briefly touched upon the difference between Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting, and how lifting weights, when done correctly, can positively affect your metabolic rate, muscle coordination, stability and balance, bone density, stress levels, confidence and a lot more. With the help Maria "MiaMazin" Nikolajev - RAW Powerlifter, WBFF diva fitness and figure competitor, trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialists and women's...
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Jul 10, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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The Quote That Inspired This Episode “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” - Tim Ferris, The 4 Hour Workweek Links to Cool Stuff from This Episode Powerlifting vs. Olympic Weightlifting Ignite the fire : the secrets to building a successful personal training career by Jonathan Goodman Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super...
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Jun 19, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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In this episode of the podcast, I sit down with co-founder of TCHAD Quarterly and host of The City Podcast, Chad Cranston. As podcasters with a shared passion for fitness and business, Chad and I cover a lot of ground. From what it's like to host a podcast, to what drives us in and outside the gym (you'll never guess what songs we currently listen to while lifting), to how we define a successful fitness business, Chad and I put it all on the table.  Special thanks to our mutual...
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Jun 5, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Located in the heart of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, Scullhouse Rowing is Canada's only authentic indoor rowing workout facility where students are trained and taught by a former National team member. Founder and CEO, Kristin Jeffery is a seasoned rower and former Canadian National Team member. Her classes are an authentic reflection of her own years of training. I'm lucky enough to have had Kristin on the podcast to talk about rowing fundamentals, what's like to be a fitness...
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May 22, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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At Fit For Thought, we're all about making connections and creating a space where information sharing can grow and thrive. I've had the pleasure of connecting with many of you via social and in-person. Thanks for reaching out and connecting with me. I love reading your questions and comments, so keep them coming! More recently, I've received a lot of questions about pre and post natal fitness, as many of you are either expecting or have recently given birth. Congratulations! On this episode of...
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May 8, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Aaron Horschig of Squat University was on the podcast to talk about some of the factors that affect squat performance (among other things). In order to perform a full depth squat, our bodies require a certain amount of ankle mobility. A great way to screen for ankle mobility is the half-kneeling dorsiflexion test.  After doing the test, it turns out that I have soft tissue restriction and joint restriction (always knew I was an overachiever). Dr. Horschig...
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Apr 24, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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If you've been following me on social media, you may have noticed my posts about GoGo Muscle Training, a Toronto-based business that has harnessed the power of electrical muscle stimulation technology to offer a cutting edge, effective and scientifically driven method of training. Electrical Muscle Stimulation (or EMS for short) is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses, which mimics the electrical message naturally transmitted by the brain to the muscle via the central...
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Apr 10, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Find out what's in-store for season 2 of Fit For Thought. 
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Mar 27, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Aaron Horschig and I take an in-depth look at the king of all exercises, the squat. With a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Missouri and over a decade of experience in training and competing in Olympic weightlifting, Dr. Horschig created Squat University.com, an online platform dedicated to helping people rid themselves of pain, decrease their risk of injury and improve their strength and athletic performance.  What You'll Learn on This...
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Mar 20, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Many of us have heard the idea that doing cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (commonly referred to as fasted cardio) will increase fat loss. It's worth keeping in mind that fasted cardio typically stems from the bodybuilding culture, where bodybuilders have low body fat levels. But for those of us who are neither lean nor overweight, is fasted cardio more effective than fed cardio? By fed, I mean that you're neither in a fasted state, nor still digesting your food. Today...
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Mar 13, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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For Marc Lebert, the road to success has been paved with passion, perseverance and inventiveness. Recognized as one of the top fitness entrepreneurs in the industry, Marc is the owner of Lebert Fitness Inc., a world leader in innovative high performance fitness tools including the Lebert Equalizer, Buddy System, Stretch Strap and the SRT barbell. He's also the co-owner of Fitness nation (a group exercise and training facility in Mississauga and Oakville), a black-belt in Tae kwon do and a...
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Feb 27, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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It's great to be back behind the mic! I couldn't be more excited to have Ben Greenfield on the podcast. He's a New York Times best-selling author, fitness coach, speaker, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer and host of one of the top health and fitness podcasts on iTunes. Ben holds a Master's degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics, as well as advanced certifications in sports nutrition, personal training, and strength and conditioning. His science-based approach to health and performance...
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Feb 13, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Many people believe there is a window of time about 30 - 60 minutes after you exercise in which your body is primed to utilize protein and stimulate muscle growth. This period is referred to as the anabolic window of opportunity. in fact, some have claimed that when you eat is more important to muscle growth and adaptation tan how much you eat. But is you miss this window, does that mean your workout was for nothing? In this episode of the podcast, I look at a new and compelling study...
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Feb 6, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Jesse Bruce is one of the most decorated obstacle course race winners in Eastern Canada, including the 2015 Canadian Male Spartan Race Champion. In addition to his success on the course, and in the gym where he trains some of Canada's most elite performance athletes, Jesse found the strength to overcome his struggles with depression and addiction. I've had the distinct pleasure of training with Jesse, and in doing so, I was able push harder than I ever thought I was capable of.  Jesse Bruce...
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Jan 30, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Tom Emrich, one of the leading voices in wearable tech, is on the podcast to talk about the future fitness wearables. Driven by his belief that wearable tech plays critical role in our human evolution, Tom is an investor and partner at Super Ventures the first fund and incubator dedicated to augmented reality, as well as a community builder, founding We Are Wearables the largest wearable tech community of its kind in the world. He's been recognized as a global influencer for both wearable...
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Jan 23, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Muscle gain — for some, the struggle is real! On this episode of the podcast, I talk about a challenging yet effective way to put on muscle mass. Last week, I had my follow-up fitness nutrition consult with macro strategist Lindsey Bethke. We talked at-length about the ups and downs of my maintenance period, and then decided I should move into my bulking phase of my program, which essentially means that I have to increase my calories, which will help me to put on size. It's no coincidence...
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Jan 16, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Two weeks ago fitness enthusiasts and macro strategist Lindsey Bethke was on the podcast to talk about an approach to food, commonly referred to as flexible dieting or if it fits your macros, that calculates and monitors an individuals macronutrient intake based on their lifestyle and fitness goals. During the latter half of the show, Lindsey walked me through my very first fitness nutrition consultation. We talked about my background, lifestyle and personal fitness goals and came-up with a...
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Jan 9, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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It was like a slow motion sequence in a Guy Ritchie film when a bare knuckle boxer takes a knock-out punch, except the boxer is me and the knock-out punch is roughly 5000 pounds of metal. On this episode of the podcast, I talk about my personal fitness journey, starting with a pivotal moment in the summer of 2012 that changed my life!  Alexandra Newton Personal Instagram Personal Facebook  Special Thanks TJ Alston for production assistance and audio engineering Ross Newton for graphics
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Jan 2, 2017 Alexandra Newton
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Having seen first-hand the power that tracking food can have in achieving optimal body composition, Lindsey Bethke, a specialist in fitness nutrition, is on the podcast today to talk about a nutrition strategy based on calculating and monitoring your caloric and macronutrient intake. As a spirited health and wellness advocate with years of personal and professional experience under her belt, Lindsey is committed to helping her clients cultivate a health, sustainable and consistent relationship...
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Dec 26, 2016 Alexandra Newton
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As I reflect on my conversation with fascial stretch therapist Sarah Mariano, the power of personal experience and information sharing becomes more and more evident. Sarah went from sustaining injury, to searching for information, and then empowering others through treatment and information sharing. But one of the challenges for therapists like Sarah and individuals seeking treatment, is finding the right tool or information space to connect with one another. Enter today's guest: NCAA...
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Dec 19, 2016 Alexandra Newton
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In this episode of the podcast, we connect with certified personal trainer, sports nutritionist and business owner, Lonie Murdock, and learn how she transformed her passion for health and wellness into Eat.Train.Live -- a lifestyle company that offers a variety of products and services rooted in optimizing your personal health and wellness.  Connect with Eat.Train.Live Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Special Thanks TJ Alston for production assistance and audio engineering Ross Newton for...
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Dec 11, 2016 Alexandra Newton
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In this episode, we take a introductory look at a stretching system that focuses on fascia as a key element in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, pain relief and so much more. The person who's going to guide us through this system is certified fascial stretch therapist, Sarah Mariano. Based in Toronto and known for stretching elite athletes, Sarah’s mission is to help her clients tap into the best versions of themselves and teach people how to use the body to its fullest potential. ...
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Dec 4, 2016 Alexandra Newton
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Get to know who we are, what we do and what you can expect to hear on future episodes of Fit For Thought.